11:13am PT by Eriq Gardner
Hollywood Docket: Illegal Streaming A Felony?; No 'Facebook' on French TV; R-Patz's F-Bomb
Maria Pallante, the new U.S. Register of Copyrights, wants to get tough on illegal Internet streaming activity.
On her first day on the job, Pallante testified before a House judiciary committee and argued that the illegal streaming of entertainment content should be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.
"As a practical matter, prosecutors have little incentive to file charges for a mere misdemeanor," said Pallante, comparing streaming to redistributing DVDs, which is currently prosecuted as a felony. Her testimony coincides with a boom in streams as bandwidth has grown more conducive to such activity.
In other Hollywood law news:
- The French are cracking down on newscasters uttering the words "Facebook" and "Twitter" on television or radio, enforcing a 1992 decree on the promotion of commercial enterprises on news programs. Newscasters are allowed to only mention the social media platforms if they are crucial to a news story, but can't say things like, "Follow us on Twitter."
- One of Gucci's tax lawyers says in a new discrimination lawsuit that he was directed to "tax the hell out of" pop star Rihanna and figure out a way to withhold 30 percent of her endorsement fee after an executive at the fashion label found out she was from a Caribbean island.
- A man who played a police officer on CBS' CSI is facing charges he reprised that role to coerce a woman into sex at a Las Vegas hotel room. The actor also appeared briefly in The Hangover.